L’OPÈRA (2017)


A film by Jean-Stéphane Bron


Nationality: French, Swiss. 

Here is an immersion at the heart of the major institution that is the Paris National Opera. .There is something of the thriller in this documentary malignant, sensitive and funny signed Jean-Stéphane Bron.

The pace of this universe populated by hundreds of professionals, where the stake is questioned every night, at every performance is  ambitious with demanding shows. We follow certain persons from backstage to rehearsal rooms (opera and ballet), corridors to offices of administration and management, high places where the present and the future of this prestige institution  at a time when the new director, Stéphane Lissner, is making his mark. L’opéra embrasses the institution as a whole instead of focus on some of the characters. Everybody to the backstage, management, stars, dancers even the cleaning people. It is an operation that is demanding and employs a lot of people in order to pull off the shows that they have to pull off. Several charming characters are distinguished, like this elegant woman whose class of children that she  supports to death , or like Mikhail Timoshenko, this young baritone-bass coming from a small Russian village. You will see them practicing day in and day out until it is perfect. At times it is like a comedy but a joyous documentary.